Timeline of ABWE Abuse Events


The following is a timeline of events and documents that may help those who are new to the story or new to the blog understand how this story has unfolded. We will be adding to this timeline and making corrections as necessary, so understand that it is a living document.

We’ll start with the most recent, and head back in history as far as we can at this point, based on documents from ABWE and testimonies here on the blog:

JUNE 2011

♦ JUNE 7, 2011  Pres. Loftis Exits ABWE (DISCUSS)

MAY 2011

♦ May 16, 2011  34 Days Since ABWE’s Intent to Hire GRACE (no agreement reached)

APRIL 2011

♦ April 25, 2011 – ABWE names board members (DISCUSS)
♦ April 20, 2011 – Board Tells Moderators It Will Be a 30-Day Process
♦ April 12, 2011 –ABWE Announces Intent to Hire G.R.A.C.E. (DISCUSS)
♦ April 9, 2011 – Dr. Loftis Sends Letter to Supporting Churches (DISCUSS)
♦ April 9, 2011 – Dr. Loftis Sends Letter to ABWE Missionaries (DISCUSS)
♦ April 8, 2011 – Blog’s First Official Press Release made public (DISCUSS)
♦ April 5, 2011 – ABWE Announces the Commission to Find Third Party
♦ April 4, 2011 – ABWE reports DK to Nat’l Center for Missing & Exploited Children
♦ April 2, 2011 – Russ Lloyd Diaries made public /viewed by 9,000 people (DISCUSS)

MARCH 2011

♦ March 30, 2011 – ABWE Board & Admin. Publish Confession (DISCUSS)
♦ March 29, 2011 – ABWE Board Reports DK to Medical Board of MI
♦ March 27, 2011 – DK’s sending church pastor of 1989, says publicly he was told moral failure was adultery, and pedophilia was never mentioned
♦ March 26, 2011 – ABWE Denies Forced Confession/Answers Questions (DISCUSS)
♦ March 25, 2011 – 2009 Emails w/ ABWE Lawyer Don Davis made public (DISCUSS)
♦ March 23, 2011 – Ketcham Conf. and Forced Conf. of Minor made public (DISCUSS)
♦ March 23, 2011 – ABWE First Response to Blog Page 1 Page 2
♦ March 20, 2011 – Susannah Baker Beals Posts Her Story (DISCUSS)
♦ March 20, 2011 – Ketcham’s 1989 Ltr./Ebersole 1989 Ltr. made public (DISCUSS)

March 11, 2011 – BangladeshMKsSpeak.com Goes Live (DISCUSS)



♦ November 18, 2009 – Sibling of two victims pleas in written letter to Loftis for justice
♦ November 6, 2009 – Don Davis Responds to S. Baker 


♦ August 27, 2009 – Susannah Baker queries ABWE lawyer Don Davis about DK


♦ July 2002 – Jess Eaton states he turned reports over to leadership
♦ Early 2002 – At “The Return” ABWE MK reunion at Messiah College a group of MKs, now grown women, tell Michael Loftis and Jess Eaton about the abuse they suffered from Donn Ketcham while children on the mission field


♦ September 18, 1989 – Ebersole letter to Ketcham’s supporting churches to notify of termination and request continued financial support of Ketcham through November 1989 
♦ September 13, 1989 – 
Ketcham letter to supporting churches to say he has left mission field and confessed his sin to his sending church pastor

JULY 1989

(These events are found in the Russ Lloyd Diary)

♦ July 22, 1989 – Parents of victim are informed / DK is confronted and confesses 
♦ July 21, 1989 – 
Lloyd, Ebersole and victim stay in Dhaka at the home of an Ebersole relative, where victim is coerced into signing “confession”
♦ July 20, 1989 – 
Lloyd, Ebersole and victim travel alone to Bangladesh from the US
♦ July 14, 1989 – 14-year-old MK visiting family in the US without her parents reports sexual abuse by DK to her pastor, who reports to Russ Ebersole, who then contacts male counselor Russ Lloyd 

Earlier in 1980s

 1988 – Donn Ketcham begins sexual abuse of 14-year-old MK
♦ Mid-’80s – A female missionary to Bangladesh is sent home because of an extramarital affair with DK, and DK’s consequence is to be moved temporarily away from the hospital at Malumghat to Chittagong


♦ 1974 or 1975 – Donn Ketcham is sent home temporarily for counseling due to an extramarital relationship on the mission field


♦ Late ’60s -Donn Ketcham has extramarital affairs during his medical training and one results in the dismissal of a nurse from nursing school

About Bangladesh MKs Speak

We are a group of American former missionary kids (MKs) who lived in Bangladesh while Donn Ketcham worked as a missionary doctor there with the mission agency Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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3 Responses to Timeline of ABWE Abuse Events

  1. Diana Durrill says:


    Putting it into this simple perspective hurts my heart. A LOT. My mind knew all of this. Seeing it so clearly in written form is brutal, though. Not that I’m saying take it down! No. I am just hurting that it had to affect my family because there were obvious issues along the way that should have prevented me from ever having to meet Donn Ketcham, let alone have his heinous choices alter the course of my life and that of my family’s. Romans 8:28. Romans 8:28. Romans 8:28. Romans 8:28………….

  2. Tamara Barrick Rice says:

    Sadly, if we had permission to mark the years when those other than the 14-year-old were victims of Don Ketcham’s abuse, this picture would be even uglier.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Good journalism!

    The facts known clearly speak for themselves. GRACE’s investigation, should ABWE actually let them behind the iron gate, will reveal not the truth of the allegations, for ABWE has already admitted as much. No, it will reveal the scope of their cover-up and how far this cancer has spread. There is clearly no reason to wait for that investigation to be complete for anyone connected to this disaster (ahem, Loftis) to go seek other employment. I would suggest he find a monastery somewhere and live out the rest of his life in prayerful repentance, but that’s just me. A jail cell would also work, and I’m sure, given the nature of the laws in 2002 for mandatory reporting, that may not be outside the realm of possibility.

    I hope he’s reading this.

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